The DH Closet Challenge Part II-Wardrobe Refinement (Week 1)

October 11, 2015

Starting The DH Closet Challenge Part II with an empty closet.

Starting The DH Closet Challenge Part II with an empty closet.

I find that the first week of a wardrobe challenge is usually the easiest.  For that first week, I’m establishing my wardrobe, and there are very few restrictions.  I can pull whatever items I am in the mood for.  Unfortunately, the weather itself has been a problem.  The beginning of our fall season usually has very large swings in temperature.  One day it’s 75F and the next day 55F.  Or if we get really lucky, it’s both at the same time (cold in the morning and really warm by the afternoon).  The extreme temperature range had me reaching for both warm and cold weather clothing, which can lead to a rather varied capsule wardrobe.

The Working Closet after Week 1.

The Working Closet after Week 1.

After Week 1, I added 21 items to my working wardrobe.  Here’s the breakdown:

  • 1 Vest (gear)
  • 1 Pullover Fleece (gear)
  • 1 Blazer
  • 4 Knits
  • 2 T-Shirts
  • 7 Jeans (one was used as gear)
  • 1 Scarf
  • 2 Tanks
  • 1 Thermal
  • 1 Cardigan

One of the rules for Part II of the DH Closet Challenge is to repeat everything worn the previous week in an outfit.  Since the temperature varied a lot for the first week, I’m going to focus on repeating bottoms for week two.

The current "boutique," or items not in the working closet for the challenge.

The current “boutique,” these are the items not in the working closet for this challenge.

At the moment, more items are in the boutique, than in the working closet.  Ideally, by the end of the challenge, no items will be in the boutique.  Everything will either have been added to the working closet, or purged.  The boutique only contains the spring/summer and fall/winter items from my entire wardrobe.  The least used capsules are not included (not enough space for them yet).  The boutique started with 123 items.  After week 1, the boutique now has 102 items.

Does the weather ever affect your wardrobe planning?



  1. The weather always affects what I wear! We are in spring right now and having the same issues as you. Learning the art of layering.

    1. Spring time, yes, just as hard to dress for spring as for fall in my area. Actually I think is an even bigger challenge, because it’s usually raining a lot too. So it’s cold and wet, then warm and wet. Yuck. Layering is the solution, but it’s not always easy (or fun) to do. Sometimes I just want to grab two pieces (one top and one bottom) and go. Thanks for reading and writing a review!

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